Talent spotting for Trap as he laps up limelight
Home comforts just what doctor ordered
Published 01/04/2010 | 05:00
GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI is, of course, paid a lot of money to spot and nurture young talent.
But perhaps now we can easier understand why the Republic of Ireland manager isn't overly enthused to leave his armchair in Italy for a wet and windy stadium in north-west Europe.
At the age of 71, he seems content to let the talent come to him. And the FAI might find it extremely difficult to convince him there is another, better way to go about his business.
Trapattoni was the latest manager to appear on the notorious Italian television show 'Chiambretti Night' this week.
'The Late Late Show' it is not. Rather than being greeted on to the stage by a lacklustre tune, guests on 'Chiambretti Night' are regularly invited to enjoy an impromptu lap-dance.
Il Trap, wearing his customary sharp suit, was greeted by four young ladies dressed in nurses' uniforms that probably wouldn't conform to HSE dress code standards.
Seated in a white armchair, centre-stage and with his legs folded, Trapattoni lapped it up.
When Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho appeared on the show in similar circumstances last year, he spent much of the performance looking anywhere but at the young woman dancing in front of him.
Trapattoni, however, adopted a similar view to that of England manager Fabio Capello recently, and took it all in.
It would be interesting to discover how Ryan Tubridy would segue into questioning Trapattoni from that point, but host Piero Chiambretti broke no sweat moving on to the football.
And Trapattoni, who was asked to take over at Italian club Juventus at the start of the year, was soon emotionally revealing why he had to turn his former club down.
"With a heavy heart, I turned it down because it was impossible for me to be involved in a national team and club football," he said. "It would not have been a serious option."
Soon after, he was using a giant phone to speak with troubled Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli live on the show.
As former Wales footballer Ian Rush once reportedly said of his stint in Italy: "It was like living in a foreign country."
Trapattoni, we can take it, won't be moving to Ireland any time soon.